Event Name: San Jose Sharks vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Location: SAP Center: 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Hosted by: San Jose Sharks Hockey
Owners of the longest active winning record in season openers, San Jose stormed into the SAP Center riding high on 7 consecutive season-opening wins. But it would be Philadelphia who ultimately dominated the tank, scoring three power play goals and capping the night with a hat trick by Wayne Simmonds.
Philadelphia opened the scoring almost nine minutes into the opening frame after Jakub Voracek intercepted a poor pass by Martin Jones and set up Claude Giroux all alone in front of an empty net. Just 3 minutes later, Kevin Lebanc was called for goaltender interference after colliding with Elliot. Jordan Weal wasted no time zipping into the zone and firing a seemingly harmless wrist shot on net that beat a stunned Martin Jones, putting the Flyers up 2-0 on back to back misplays by the Sharks’ net-minder. Kevin Lebanc would answer with two goals late in the period, the latter of which came on the powerplay, to send the Sharks into the intermission tied at 2.
It seemed the net wasn’t the only thing Lebanc didn’t have a hard time finding the back of, as his second penalty late in the period would lead to the only goal of the period by Wayne Simmonds. The Flyers won the ensuing face-off granted by the penalty back to Jakub Voracek, who rifled a pass across the blue line to Shayne Gostisbehere. Gostisbehere’s hard slap shot beat Jones past his blocker, and thought it was originally credited to Gostisbehere, Simmonds was later given credit after it was reviewed and determined to have deflected in off his body.
Couture scored early in the third off of a pass meant for Pavelski that ricocheted off a Flyers’ skate, but in less than 6 minutes, another penalty by Lebanc gave the Flyers all the room they needed to seal the deal. Simmonds scored his second of the night on the powerplay and later potted the empty netter for the hat trick, and the Sharks finally saw their streak come to an end.
San Jose continues their season Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.
INDTVUSA Staff Writer